Ask Belle Roundup Vol. IV, No. Thirty-One
Jul 17, 2014
I saw your post on the Emjoi Devine system, and I was wondering if you’ve ever had to address the oh so sexy issue of facial hair removal? Tweezing is easy, but it grows back so quickly. I’ve considered laser hair removal/electrolysis, but I haven’t been able to make the jump. Any thoughts?
Sincerely, (Hopefully) Every-Lady
We’ve discussed this a bit in the past, but it never hurts to have a refresher. I use Bliss Fuzz Off facial hair remover on my upper lip (it also works on your chin, between your eyes or on your sideburns). Other recommendations? I’ve used this Tweezerman Facial Hair Remover, it takes a bit of getting used to, but it does work.
I recently purchased a grey Theory suit on a very steep discount (blazer, pants). I would ideally like to wear the blazer more as a separate, and I’m weirdly having trouble with what to pair with it. Black seems harsh underneath as either a shirt or a dress; I don’t wear pastels so light blues and peaches are not in my wardrobe. Do you have any suggestions for either separates or as a full suit?
Thanks as always for your advice and blog! Good luck in law school! Anon
Black can be a bit harsh with grey. That doesn’t mean it’s wrong, it just means that I would leave it for the winter season. The example photo has a sheer ivory top, so that I would be an option. I like this Vince Camuto sleeveless v-neck. Want some more options?
Along with ivory, another neutral that goes well with pale grey is navy. I like this pleated top from Piperlime. I’d also check out this split-neck Pleione top. Or swap in a navy, sleeveless sheath dress like this one from Jones New York.
You can also go for a tonal look with darker grey pieces. I like this dark grey dress from Calvin Klein. I also like this dark grey long sleeve blouse from H&M and this pleat neck short sleeve blouse. Grey prints are also a good choice, this grey printed blouse from Rebecca Taylor is a lovely option.
You said you weren’t really into pastels, but this lavender color top is pretty fantastic. But if you’re not into the lighter shades, I’d go for jewel tones. This eggplant Halston top is nice (you’ll need a cami). I also like this emerald green L’Autre Chose blouse.
I’m cutting back on my beauty/makeup spending to try to save up for a long vacation next year. I am a MAC addict because I love the strong pigments. Can you recommend a blush and eyeshadows that have the same rich look at a not-rich price?
Thank you! Angie
For blush, the best choice on the market comes from Sonia Kashuk’s Target line. I love the colors, especially the bright Flushed color. Another product to try is Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush. It’s a cream blush, but you can use blotting papers to achieve a matte look.
As for eye color, there are a few good, inexpensive brands. I like NYX shadows for neutrals and earth tones. The e.l.f eyeshadows also have strong pigments. My favorite inexpensive shadow comes from Rimmel Glam Eyes–love the purples.
I hope you are enjoying your summer. You have provided me with so much fashion guidance and I turn to you again with a question. I am planning a trip to Turkey for a two-week long beach vacation. While I am all set on swim suits, I realized I do not have a single swim cover up. Do you have any suggestions where I could find a stylish (and budget friendly) beach cover up that I could wear over my swim suit at a beach, hotel pool, etc.
Thank you so much! Nijar
For beach coverups, you have two options: sheer beachy tunics/maxi dresses and jersey t-shirt dresses. Let’s find some examples.
Beachy tunics can be found at many retailers, but the prices can be insane. $200 for a striped linen coverup? Seriously? Conversely, this sheer Steve Madden tunic is under-$50. I also like this printed tunic in bright blue, and this stripey, sheer tunic–both under-$50.
I love the look of a longer coverup. It’s so Joan Didion in California in the 1960s. Just give me a Ford Mustang convertible and an umbrella drink.
T-shirt Dresses. The navy Gap dress that I posted on Tuesday is a good option. I’d also have a look at this striped Joe Fresh dress from JCPenney. This Splendid tee dress is also a good under-$50 option.